Institute for Public Health Innovation (IPHI) Logo

ELEVATE: 2019 Regional Outreach Workers’ Conference

On August 1-2, 2019, IPHI hosted ELEVATE, the 2019 Regional Outreach Workers’ Conference, with support from partners DC Health, the DC Department of Behavioral Health, the Effi Barry Training Institute, HealthHIV, the Virginia CHW Association, and the Virginia Department of Health.

Almost 300 community health workers (CHWs) and other health outreach workers from across the Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia region came together to network, receive continuing education, and promote a cooperative approach to the community health outreach worker industry. This two-day meeting was packed with workshops, panels, and discussions that addressed the challenges community health and outreach workers encounter daily in their work and presented information on workforce and industry developments such as association work and certification.

Topics included:

  • National & regional CHW association work
  • State-based certification policy status
  • Working with clients with comorbidities
  • Trauma-informed care
  • Mental health crisis intervention
  • Substance abuse and dependency
  • Immigration and health
  • Food insecurity
  • Housing and homelessness
  • Maternal mortality
  • Region-specific breakout sessions

Presentations and materials from the conference:

We were also able to get some really great pictures from the day! To view the photos, click: HERE.